February 2011 Indie Next List
“Brockmeier's latest novel weaves together disparate voices in a stunning meditation on pain and beauty. Like the best speculative fiction, it wields the paranormal to show us a very present truth. The Illumination is a reminder that, no matter how dramatically the world changes around us, people are and always will be people - and that there is a brightness in that, regardless of our failings.”
— Jenn Northington, WORD, Brooklyn, NY
What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us? From a bestselling and award-winning author comes a new novel of stunning artistry and imagination about the wounds we all bear and the light that radiates from us all.
About the Author
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels "The View from the Seventh Layer, The Brief History of the Dead, ""The Truth About Celia," "Things That Fall from the Sky, " and two children's novels. His stories have appeared in "The New Yorker," "Tin House, " "McSweeney's," "The Oxford American," "The Best American Short Stories," "O. Henry Prize Stories "and Granta's "Best of Young American Novelists," among other publications. He has taught at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.